On December 8, 2017, the Iloilo Provincial Government through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) successfully held its Christmas Job Fair participated in by 147 companies and recruitment agencies and had attracted thousands of jobseekers in Iloilo and nearby cities and provinces.
One hundred and six (106) local companies, 8 bpos, and 33 recruitment agencies showed up during the event offering a combined 14,000 job vacancies and job orders to 1,397 male and 1,560 female jobseekers for a total of 2,957. One hundred amd ten (110) applicants were hired on the spot (HOTS) mostly for local BPOs, malls, hospitals, and real estate companies, including 21 successful applicants to be deployed overseas.
Nearly-hired jobseekers totaled to 733 with 549 for local companies and 184 for overseas recruitment agencies. The term is for applicants who were almost hired on the spot but need to undergo final screening or comply with lacking requirements. Banks, hotels, hospitals, BPOs, malls, construction firms, and distributor companies were the popular choices for jobseekers for local employment while household services, construction, hospitals, and restaurants for overseas work.
Part of the event was a walk-in Pre-Employment Orientation at Casa Real were jobseekers were oriented on Financial Management, Employee Benefits, TESDA Programs and Services, and Labor Compliance Standards.
Help desks of NBI, OWWA, POEA, SSS, PHILHEALTH, PRC, TESDA, and DFA were also installed.
This year, Provincial PESO also tapped its municipal counterparts to organize Libreng Sakay and Libreng Pamasahe activities to transport jobseekers from distant municipalities to and from the Capitol. It also partnered with biking organization Newtrals Philbikers for Libreng Angkas.
The fair, through its special and priority lanes, also accommodated 14 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), 1 Indigenous People (IPs), 81 DSWD-SLP beneficiaries, 39 TESDA Graduates and 7 Solo Parents, and 103 JobStarters.
The provincial PESO Job Fair is annually held in June and December.